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Secure the future of your loved ones through registering a DIFC Will today.

We provide certainty and security through a Will registration system

The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry (the ‘Registry’) is a public entity of the Government of Dubai that provides a service to non-Muslims in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah enabling them to pass on their assets and/or appoint guardians for their children, in accordance with the instructions in their Will. Eligible individuals can achieve that certainty through registering a Will at the Registry and having this enforced via the DIFC Courts. In the absence of a DIFC Will your assets would be distributed to specific family members in accordance with local laws. For an indication of how your assets would be distributed if you do not have a DIFC Will, please use our Inheritance Calculator below.

Which Will

Which Will is right for me?

The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry Rules (the ‘Registry Rules’) allow eligible individuals the option to register different types of Will depending on the assets that they wish to cover, and whether they wish to encompass guardianship arrangements. There are currently three types of ‘DIFC Will’ that can be registered and these are referred to as the ‘Guardianship Will’, the ‘Property Will’ and the ‘Full Will’; in summary:

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Guardianship Will

  • Guardianship appointments only
  • Children must be 21 years or below
  • Children must be resident in Dubai
  • Permanent and interim appointments available
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Property Will

  • Real estate property only
  • Limited to 5 real estate properties
  • Real estate in Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah
  • Online template Will
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Full Will

  • Covers all types of assets
  • No limit on real estate properties
  • Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah assets
  • Guardianship appointments
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Next Steps

What are the next steps?

You should carefully review your situation and satisfy yourself that the type of DIFC Will you have chosen encompasses all of your needs. You should then decide whether to draft your DIFC Will yourself or otherwise engage the services of a lawyer. As your DIFC Will represents an extremely valuable and important legal document you are strongly advised to consider taking legal advice in its preparation. The Registry maintains a Register of Will Draftsmen containing a list of qualified legal representatives who are approved to prepare DIFC Wills for registration. Once your DIFC Will is drafted you should book an appointment and submit your draft DIFC Will to the Registry so that we may check that it meets certain minimum requirements. At the registration appointment (which takes around 1 hour) you are required to bring one witness who has not been mentioned in your DIFC Will together with your ID documents and any required supporting paperwork to be attached to your DIFC Will.

Step 1.

Confirm Your Selection

  • Guardianship Will
  • Property Will
  • Full Will

Step 2.

Draft the Will

  • Self-written
  • Prepared by a lawyer
  • Register of Will Draftsmen

Step 3.

Pre-registration

  • Book an appointment
  • Submit draft Will
  • Check legal compliance

Step 4.

Registration

  • Attend the Registry
  • ID’s and Witness Statements
  • 1 hour, review and sign